CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The government has released a video which authorities say shows Dylann Roof confessing to the shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME church that took the lives of nine people.
The release of the video comes after jurors in Roof’s federal trial heard the chilling video confession in which Roof said he specifically targeted African Americans because of his perception of offenses they had committed across the country.
Roof told the agents he committed the slayings because he said blacks were raping white women and killing each other, and that what he did was much more “minuscule” than that.
As the video taped confession played in federal court, Roof, who faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes, was seen sitting very still and looking down at the defense table.
In the video, Roof is seen laughing at times in response to the FBI agents questions like when an agent reminded him that he left a woman alive to tell the story of what happened.
Roof tells agents that he had considered targeting a black festival, but did not because of security. In addition, Roof said attacking people doing illegal things like dealing drugs was too great a risk for his own safety.
Roof told investigators that he is a white supremacist, telling the FBI, “White people are superior.”
“I don’t think the white race is the dominant race,” Roof said.”I think it should be though.”
Roof went on to say he would like to reinstate segregation and felt it was not a bad system. He told investigators that his views were not shared with his friends and he did not talk about it with them.
Roof said he has never discussed his views on race with his family.
According to Roof, the Trayvon Martin case was what “woke him up.” The 2012 case happened in Florida in which George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
Roof told the investigators that he followed accounts of the case and it eventually led him to type the words “black-on-white crime” into a search engine.
During the video confession, agents are seen discussing photos of Roof; one of which shows him wearing a jacket with a patch of a South African flag, while another shows a patch of the Rhodesian flag.
The agents later discuss another photo of Roof which shows the number “1488.” Roof explained in the video that the “14” references securing the future of white children and the “88” stands for “Heil Hitler.”
Roof tells the agents that people should “do something” to stand up for whites not only in America, but Europe as well.
He tells the agents that the actions do not necessarily have to be violent.
At one point in the video, the agents ask Roof what he thinks should happen if a black man walked into a church and shot nine people.
Roof is seen not answering for a few moments with the agents indicating that the look on his face appears to show that he has an opinion.
Roof is then hear saying the shooter in that scenario should probably die as well.
“I am guilty. We all know I’m guilty,” Roof tells the investigators on the taped interview.
Roof described in detail the actions he took the night of the Mother Emanuel shooting, and spoke about how the victims dove under tables when the shots rang out.
In the video, Roof tells agents he chose the church in part because it is the oldest black church in the South.
He also says he knew there would be a small group of blacks there. Roof told the agents he had driven by the church before the shooting to inquire about worship services.